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How to Recover Contacts from HUAWEI

author Emily Watson
date Tuesday, April 23, 2019

"When I was editing some contacts on my Huawei Mate 20, my phone is stuck and forced to reboot. After restarting it, I could not found contacts which were edited but not saved yet. I don't have a backup of the phone numbers. How can I restore lost contacts from Huawei?"

This is one of many cases when users need to recover contacts from Huawei device. Some users found that all their contacts just disappeared from Huawei phones suddenly; others needs to get back deleted contacts that are actually needed. Whether the contacts are missing or deleted on your Huawei device, you can easily recover them with the following methods.

Recover Deleted Contacts from Huawei Honor/Mate/Nova/P/G

If the Huawei contacts are deleted, no matter that they were deleted 3 minutes ago or 3 months ago, you can try to recover the deleted contacts from Huawei with FonePaw Android Data Recovery (opens new window), a Huawei data recovery tool that can retrieve deleted contacts from Huawei Honor, Mate 20/10/9/7, P30/P20/P10, Nova series, G series.

Features of FonePaw Android Data Recovery:

  • Get back deleted contacts from Huawei including phone number, email address, contact info;
  • Easy to connect device.
  • Fast data scanning.
  • No leak, cloud storage or background records of personal info.

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Step 1. Connect Huawei Mate 20/10/9 to PC

Open FonePaw Android Data Recovery on a Windows computer. Make sure that the Android USB driver has been installed on your computer.

Then plug your Huawei, for example, Huawei P20/P10/P9/Mate 20/Mate 10 phones into the computer and enable USB debugging (opens new window) on the phone. The phone will be detected and installed.

Connect HUAWEI Mate 20 to PC

Step 2. Select File Types to Scan

You will be asked to select specific file types to scan. Tick "Contacts" only so that the program saves time to scan only phone book on your phone. Then click the button "Next".

Select Deleted Contacts

Step 3. Allow FonePaw Program to Access Huawei Phone

To access your Huawei phone for deleted contacts, it is necessary for the desktop program to install an app via USB on your phone. Go to your Huawei phone, turn on Install via USB and tap Install to add the FonePaw app.

Install FonePaw App to Read Contacts

Once the FonePaw app is installed, you will receive the pop-up that asks for the privilege to read contacts, messages, etc. on your Huawei. Tap the button "Allow".

Allow Access to Contacts

Step 4. Find Deleted Phone Numbers on Huawei

Once the FonePaw program gets permission to enter the phone, click Scan Authorized Files to perform a standard scan to find contact information from your Huawei phone.

Scan Deleted Contacts

If you couldn't find the deleted contacts after the standard scan, click Deep Scan.

Start Deep Scan

Step 5. Preview and Restore Contacts from Huawei

When the deep scan is completed, choose "Contacts" at the left pane. Then you can preview contacts in the table, including name, phone number, e-mail, even the profile image. Check items you want and click the button "Recover" to get them back.

Recover Contacts from HUAWEI Phone

To protect important contacts on your Huawei phone, you are suggested to make a backup of the contacts. For Huawei backup & restore, FonePaw Android Data Backup & Restore (opens new window) can help you. It can back up contacts, call logs, messages, photos and more on Huawei devices to PC/Mac so that if contacts are lost, you can easily restore the contacts to Huawei phone or your computer. Read How to Back up Huawei Contacts (opens new window).

Huawei Contacts Missing? Ways to Get Them Back

Occasionally, contacts disappear from our Android phones for no reason. Some Huawei users even encountered the problem that all contacts on their Huawei phones are missing. When you have a situation like this, you can try the following tricks.


  • Restart your phone. Sometimes, all contacts will be back after a simple restart.
  • If you have synced the contacts to Google, Outlook or other account. Unsync it and then restart your Huawei phone.
  • If you have synced the contacts to Gmail, Outlook or something like that, update the app. Or remove the account and re-add it.
  • Go to Settings and select Export/Import Contacts. The phone will then find out all lost contacts. This may not work for everyone, but it is worth a try.